I survived COVID-19, but my sense of smell didn’t. This is what it’s been like.

Dawn Jorgenson.
Dawn Jorgenson. (Queenfriday Photography)

My name is Dawn, and I am almost five months post-COVID-19 infection. I also still have not regained my sense of smell.

If you haven’t had COVID-19, that’s amazing!

If you have survived COVID-19 and you’ve managed to keep your sense of smell (or quickly get it back), so happy for you, too -- truly.

For those of us who are months out and still haven’t regained our sense of smell, it can be a little more taxing on mental health than one might imagine.

Before we get to all that, let’s rewind.

Getting sick

What’s strange is that I didn’t notice my sense of smell was gone until I had already gotten over being sick.

By the way, I didn’t get that sick. I had a couple days of a stuffy nose, headache -- just like a bad cold, really -- and I never had a fever. At the time, I was like, “OK, I don’t love being sick, but this really isn’t that bad.”

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